Justin Fields is anticipated to play within the Faculty Soccer Playoff title sport in opposition to Alabama, in accordance with Ohio State head coach Ryan Day.
Fields, OSU’s star quarterback, took a tough hit to his facet late within the first half of the CFP semifinal sport in opposition to Clemson. Fields stayed down on the sector momentarily earlier than slowly making his technique to the sideline. Fields returned to the sport however was in apparent ache at occasions as the Buckeyes trounced Clemson 49-28 to clinch a spot within the nationwide championship sport.
After the sport, Fields mentioned he took a pain-relieving “shot or two” within the medical tent on the sideline earlier than returning to motion. Day, when addressing reporters on Monday, declined to get into specifics about Fields’ damage however mentioned he expects his quarterback to play in opposition to the Crimson Tide.
“I positively anticipate him to play, however we do not get into specifics on accidents. We give our availability report on the finish of the week, and that is all the time been our coverage,” Day mentioned.
Day known as Fields’ efficiency — 385 yards and 6 touchdowns — one of many “gutsiest” he has ever seen in particular person. Day mentioned it was as much as OSU’s medical employees to make the choice about Fields’ skill to return to the sector after taking such a painful hit.
“I go away all that stuff as much as our medical people who find themselves the very best within the nation,” Day mentioned. “Justin is such a aggressive man. He wasn’t going to return off the sector, and that is simply the way in which he is wired. You have been going to have to drag him off the sector.”
The hit resulted in a concentrating on penalty and an ejection for Clemson linebacker James Skalski. Day mentioned Fields felt higher than he anticipated when he wakened the morning after the sport.
The nationwide title sport is scheduled for subsequent Monday night time in Miami, and Day mentioned Fields is anticipated to have a standard workload in apply this week.
Fields struggled in Ohio State’s win over Northwestern within the Huge Ten title sport, going simply 12-of-27 for 114 yards and two interceptions. Day mentioned the way in which Fields bounced again and carried out in opposition to Clemson was the newest instance of Fields’ progress as a quarterback.
“I feel that is a part of studying as a quarterback is overcoming adversity, and the reality is he actually hasn’t had plenty of adversity. That is anyone who’s had plenty of success all through his profession. He is very, very proficient and really, very good, and so while you take a look at the nice quarterbacks, all of them have to beat that adversity,” Day mentioned.
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